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Photo journal 2: The Importance Of Animals In Egyptian Culture

Animals are extremely important in Egypt, and they have numerous gods that have animal forms.

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Let’s start with one of the most famous mythological creatures; the sphinx. It has the head of a man (or woman) but the body of a lion. In some cases it is depicted with eagle wings.

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Another important animal is the jackal. Anubis-the god of embalming and mummification-has the head of a jackal. This is an example of a deity that has animal characteristics or attributes.

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Hieroglyphs also allow us to see ho important animals were. Several of the letters in the Egyptian alphabet are animals, such as a a falcon, a scarab, an owl and an ibis.

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Crocodiles are a common sight along the Nile River, and so they have their very own god: Sobek. This larger-than-life deity of immense power has the head of this powerful beast and the body of a man.

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These statues are of Sekhment, the lion-headed goddess that protects the Egyptian pharaoh from harm. When asked to do a task, she will never give up. She is one of the only gods that has another personality: Hathor. The goddess with the head of the cow is extremely peaceful, despite Sekhment’s fiery nature.

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Here are some pictures of animal-headed gods that appear on walls or coffins.

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Here are canopic jars, which organs are placed into before someone’s burial. They are shown with animal heads.

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Above are some pictures of animals and pharaohs.

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Here are some miscellaneous depictions of more animals and gods.

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Kiran is in 7th grade, and lives in Chicago. He enjoys writing, and blogging. He owns kiranmathewblog.com Check him out on Twitter and Instagram: @kiranmathew19. Kiran loves Taylor Swift, writing and his dog Cocoa.

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